Just an FYI, Hedo 3 is closing this year. Hedo II is still in operation and I can assure you from first hand experience there are NO armed guards, barbed wire, or machine gun emplacements at Hedo II in Negril.
Nor is the Negril location at the “tip” of the island. Ricks Bar is at the end of 7 Mile Beach. Hedo II is located in between the Grand Lido and Beaches IIRC. There are fences between the two, but no barbed wire to be seen.
There is a hired Security staff but none of them carry weapons. Jamaica is a very different place than it was 10 years ago. There’s crime alright, but it’s much more organized and preying on tourists is frowned upon. It’s bad for business. Oh one can get oneself in trouble to be sure. But if you’re not completely stupid Jamaica is a wonderful place to visit.
We stayed just to the left (west) at
Sandals, in Negril, no wire, no baltant security, no hassle anywhere on the grounds.
Glad you enjoyed it. Took my parents with us in 2009; it wasn’t good.
Glad you enjoyed it, but we’ll spend our time and money on less lush (Jamaica is a beautiful island, no question) place like the Bahamas, Caymans and the dwindling number of islands that still feel ‘safe’.
Our experience on Jamaica wasn’t as pleasureable as yours.